Race Weekend Central

5 Points To Ponder: Curtains For Kasey Kahne

2016 Pocono I Cup Kasey Kahne Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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ONE: Curtains For Kasey In what was far from a surprise announcement, news hit yesterday Kasey Kahne will not be returning to Hendrick Motorsports in 2018. The organization released him with a full year left on his contract. It’s fair to say that the partnership has not worked out as well as either party would have hoped when …

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5 Points to Ponder: Great NASCAR Finishes Abound After Indy

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ONE: Massive Win for Kahne I have a good friend who is a huge Kasey Kahne fan. He’s from the same home town –Enumclaw, WA — as the 14-year, 488-race Hendrick Motorsports veteran, and he’s followed Kahne’s career from the very start. He is, if you will, the definition of a die-hard fan. This past …

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Five Points to Ponder: Joe Gibbs Racing Rounding Into Form

2017 Talladega I Cup Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

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ONE: Hamlin’s Hall of Fame Credentials For both Denny Hamlin and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, Sunday’s win was absolutely crucial. Not only was it a milestone 30th career win for Hamlin, good for 25th on the all-time list, but it was also JGR’s first victory of the 2017 season and an incredible 210th …

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5 Points to Ponder: Ch-ch-changes

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The Track Side interviews: First up, this week, a quick word about NBC’s new “trackside” winner interviews conducted on the frontstretch immediately post-burnout. My quick take is they’re excellent, and it’s a tremendous addition to the overall broadcast. Why? Primarily because it’s a chance to see some raw emotion from the winning driver before they’ve …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Approaching Halfway Home

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ONE: Halfway Home Hard to believe it, if I’m honest, but with Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway we’ll be half way home. For such a long series, the half way point always somewhat surprises me. You would have thought by now it wouldn’t be the case; given I’ve written this column for …

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5 Points to Ponder: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Together Again?

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ONE: Dale Jr. to the FOX Booth? I want to start out by saying I have nothing but love and respect for old DW. Sure, his boogity boogity nonsense drives me a tad insane but the three-time champion, 84-time race winner and Hall of Famer has achieved more in his NASCAR career than all but the …

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Five Points to Ponder: The Joy of Your Home Track

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ONE: Home Track For the first 13 years of the 16-plus years I’ve lived in this great country, my home was Manhattan. Not exactly a hot bed of NASCAR activity, to be fair, except for the occasional trial balloon “street race” concept that gets raised from time to time and fizzles out as soon as …

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Five Points to Ponder: Halfway Home With NASCAR 2017

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ONE: Overtime line needs a rules tweak If there is one common thread in NASCAR these past couple years, it would be incessant rule changes. And after Sunday’s race conclusion it looks like we might need another. The overtime line rule was first introduced in 2016 but given the way the final caution played out …

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5 Points to Ponder: Big Wins For Takuma Sato, Austin Dillon

2016 Dover I Cup Kasey Kahne Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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ONE: Congrats, Takuma Sato First up this week, I have to start by congratulating Takuma Sato on an incredible Indy 500 victory this past Sunday, holding off a ravenous Helio Castroneves in the waning laps after a crash-filled and mesmeric 101st edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. For Sato, it was a second Verizon …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Greatest Day in Motorsports

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(Photo: Chris Owens / IndyCar)

ONE: Sunday Funday For the motorsports aficionado, it doesn’t get too look much better than the slate for this Memorial Day Sunday. We start early, way early when you live on the West Coast, on the streets of the Principality of Monaco with the sixth race of the 2017 Formula One season.Then it is the …

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5 Points to Ponder: Is Danica Done?

2017 Kansas I Cup Danica Patrick Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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ONE: The All-Star Race I’m not going to lie here, I had no idea what the 2017 All-Star race format was for this go around until I looked it up just now. And I’m someone who writes a weekly column, watches every race, reads the press coverage vociferously and loves me some NASCAR Twitter — …

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5 Points to Ponder: Worth the Wait

2016 Kansas Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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ONE: Great Attendance That was quite the turnout at Talladega Superspeedway, wasn’t it? And for this reporter at least that was manna to the soul. Okay, it’s fair to say a good proportion of folks were in attendance for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s penultimate race on the treacherous high banks. But even with that boost it …

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